Fun with HDR

It’s been a while since I showed off any HDR images, and since then the software has improved a bit and I seem to have acquired a camera which can save me all the trouble of faffing around in software by doing the merging stuff itself. So, how good is the 5D Mark III’s built in HDR? Well, it depends. You obviously don’t have as much control as you would if you did the job in Photoshop or another package, but there are a few presets to chose from, which in the right conditions can produce some moderately appealing images.

This is a fairly restrained version of Newcastle’s Central Arcade. It’s an interesting place to photograph because of the mixture of light sources – lamps, light from shop windows, bright light from the glass roof, and so on.

Central Arcade HDR

Central Arcade HDR

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 28mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 18 June, 2012
Location: 54° 58.3939′ 0″ N 1° 36.7708′ 0″ W

Then again, with a different effect selected, you get more of the stereotypical HDR look:

Central Arcade OTT HDR

Central Arcade OTT HDR

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 28mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 18 June, 2012
Location: 54° 58.3939′ 0″ N 1° 36.7708′ 0″ W

This is the kind of thing that I quite like in small doses, but I know other people hate…

I think the extreme treatment works well for this view of the Tyne River God at Newcastle Civic Centre:

River God HDR

River God HDR

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 95mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 18 June, 2012
Location: 54° 58.3939′ 0″ N 1° 36.7708′ 0″ W

But what it can’t cope with very well is movement between images. Here’s one where some people got a bit chopped up. Using a more conventional software approach would sort this out, but here it is for your amusement anyway

Emmerson Chambers HDRoops

Emmerson Chambers HDRoops

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 24mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 18 June, 2012
Location: 54° 58.3939′ 0″ N 1° 36.7708′ 0″ W

All good fun, anyway. I may well do some more of this…

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